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  • Why You Should Rethink the Google Map That Says it’s 6 Hours from San Diego to Palm Springs to Joshua Tree to Vegas

    Why You Should Rethink the Google Map That Says it’s 6 Hours from San Diego to Palm Springs to Joshua Tree to Vegas

    Dec 11, 2012 Southwest, USA

    Soon we were driving in pitch black. There were no street lamps and no cars on the road. We drove like this for nearly 4 hours before we saw the eerie glow of Vegas' neon garb on the horizon. Join our 10+ hour road trip from San Diego to Vegas, via Palm S…

  • Cheetah Race At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Cheetah Race At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Dec 10, 2012 Southwest, USA

    Having previously visited San Diego and loved the zoo we did not have the opportunity to visit the Safari since it was quite far out and difficult to get to. Since we had a car and the opportunity we decided to skip the zoo this time and discover the San …

  • Sunsets & Seals at La Jolla

    Sunsets & Seals at La Jolla

    Dec 10, 2012 Southwest, USA

    La Jolla, San Diego's "Jewel by the Sea". Dramatic coastline, spectacular views, hugging seals & sunsets that intoxicate you.

  • Hungry Hungry Hippos at Chiang Mai Zoo

    Hungry Hungry Hippos at Chiang Mai Zoo

    Nov 26, 2012 Thailand

    Big, huge, flabby gums masking giant, munching teeth. And it took more then one potato before they would close their mouth to chew. Hungry Hungry Hippo! An enjoyable day with a songthaew of hilarious personalities.

  • Top 7 Things To Do in Penang

    Top 7 Things To Do in Penang

    Nov 22, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    We have been to many places in Penang. It seems we have been the busiest we have ever been in this supposedly small Malaysian state. We have made friends, we have enjoyed beaches, played on playgrounds and had a “semi-normal” life… followed by an abnormal…

  • Exploring the Cave of Gua Tempurung

    Exploring the Cave of Gua Tempurung

    Nov 3, 2012 Ipoh, Malaysia

    Before heading back to Penang we decided to visit Gua Tempurung in the Kinta Valley. Gua Tempurung is one of the larger cave systems found in the scenic limestone hills of Perak. It is the largest natural limestone structure in Peninsular Malaysia. While …

  • My Mum on Orang Utan Island, Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

    My Mum on Orang Utan Island, Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

    Oct 28, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    When my mum decided to come visit us in Penang not only was I ecstatic, but my husband was ecstatic (babysitter back), and my kids were over the moon. We counted down the days to her arrival and then it was time to pick her up at the airport. We went ma…

  • Our Foray into the

    Our Foray into the "Real" Penang

    Oct 20, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    It gets me when people say you haven’t seen the “real” ____. Whether it’s the “real” Disneyland, or the “real” Penang. Where I live and what I experience is real. So what makes my “real” Penang any less real then someone else’s? What makes our perception …

  • Penang Butterfly Farm Not As Bad As I Thought

    Penang Butterfly Farm Not As Bad As I Thought

    Oct 13, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    I don’t really “do” butterfly parks. Butterflies are pretty, sure, but a whole park on them, sounds like a 100 yawns a minute. We had managed to skip them in every country we had been to, but at the guests request we must acquiesce.

  • A Tropical Birthday on Monkey Beach

    A Tropical Birthday on Monkey Beach

    Oct 11, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    That was an absolutely amazing day. 3 boats, 30 people all headed to Monkey Beach. We had a 5 year old’s bday party there with fairy bread (Americans never heard of it!), we swam, we fed monkeys, and we talked for hours. You ever have one of those days th…

  • Meltdown @ Tropical Spice Garden, Penang

    Meltdown @ Tropical Spice Garden, Penang

    Oct 5, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    I try never to listen to the labels people place on each other especially the labels they give children. Terrible Twos is a horrible term in which I am constantly refusing to believe, but there are those moments when you are in a lush garden surrounded by…

  • Close Encounter at Thailand’s Tiger Temple

    Close Encounter at Thailand’s Tiger Temple

    Sep 29, 2012 Thailand

    I recognize this post may be a bit controversial due to the negative media coverage of tiger sanctuaries in Thailand, however here is our close encounter with the 100+ tigers at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in Kanchanaburi.

  • Bangkok's Exclusive Countdown

    Bangkok's Exclusive Countdown

    Sep 20, 2012 Thailand

    Here is a compact wrap up of our Bangkok trip. Including 10 things to do with toddlers in Bangkok, 5 must-eat foods in Bangkok, 4 things for kid free adults to do in Bangkok, 3 things to remember for Bangkok transport, 2 things not to do in Bangkok and 1 …

  • The Peak, Yung Kee & Goodbye's

    The Peak, Yung Kee & Goodbye's

    Aug 29, 2012 Hong Kong, China

    Our day & evening adventures on The Peak with its tantalizing display of twinkling lights. Our very yummy dinner at the Michelin star restaurant Yung Kee. Our hot fun at Hong Kong park and our final Hong Kong goodbyes.

  • No Hop Offs On Our Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

    No Hop Offs On Our Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

    Aug 27, 2012 Hong Kong, China

    With kids a Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour is the perfect solution for seeing all the sights... You might not make a lot of stops, but you can still see everything from the open top view and hear a great commentary too.

  • The Redeeming Qualities of Manila

    The Redeeming Qualities of Manila

    Aug 24, 2012 Manila, Philippines

    Okay so our last week was much better than the first two weeks. We did a day trip to Corrigedore, WWII overload. We meet with missionaries, had dinner with employees and landlords. We visited the Children's museum & the famous Rizal Park. Josh also played…

  • Corregidor Teaches Me Love Languages

    Corregidor Teaches Me Love Languages

    Aug 19, 2012 Manila, Philippines

    Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometres west of Manila located strategically at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valour, and heroism of its Filipino and American defen…

  • Crocodile Male Organs At Tuaran Croc Farm & Kota Kinabalu Islands

    Crocodile Male Organs At Tuaran Croc Farm & Kota Kinabalu Islands

    Jul 31, 2012 Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

    The crocodile farm that sells male organs, croc oil, meat & eggs and also includes a show with staff dancing with them, laying on them and kissing them... Only in Asia. Also includes an overview of the beautiful islands in KK at Tunku Abdul Rahman marin…

  • Asia's Best Attrractions? Sunway Lagoon & Genting Highlands

    Asia's Best Attrractions? Sunway Lagoon & Genting Highlands

    Jul 28, 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Sunway Lagoon is promoted as Asia's Best Attraction. After what we have seen it has a lot to live up to. Does it? Genting Highlands - the very first Resort's World, too bad it still looks like that too. But the Chin Swee Temple & the Highlands itself is …

  • What Is It About Elephants? Kuala Ghanda Elephant Sanctuary

    What Is It About Elephants? Kuala Ghanda Elephant Sanctuary

    Jul 23, 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Our visit to Deerland, Kuala Ghanda & Chamang Waterfalls. As I stepped into the warm water, I could not see the bottom. The water was brown, who knew what was in there other than the floating missiles from the elephant? But as I jumped on top of little Al…